Annual Benefit

Urban Word’s annual benefit gives our supporters the opportunity to experience the power of our youth writing and performance programs. Work will be showcased in live performance, projections and literary surprises from mentors and alum.

This year’s celebration at the historic Lower East Side Manny Cantor Center features an exquisite panorama, live music, literary cocktails, and ecstatic edibles.


Joshua Bennett, an Urban Word alumnus who received his Ph.D. in English from Princeton University, was recently inducted into the Society of Fellows at Harvard. As a winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series open competition, his first poetry collection will be published by Penguin later this year.

 Onida Coward Mayers, the director of NYC Votes, is a longtime partner of Urban Word and co-founder of our NYC Youth Poet Laureate program.

 John Starks and The NY Knicks have been major Urban Word NYC sponsors for over a decade. This partnership has resulted in signature events and multiple college scholarships for our youth. Both Knicks players and sta are indefatigable contributors who continue to be inspirational role models.


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Watch a NYC Sunset. Hear the voices of our youth.
Get re-energized with an evening of friends, poetry, music, art, food & drink.
Feel the love of Urban Word NYC.


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